Table of contents for The contemporary African American novel : its folk roots and modern literary branches / Bernard W. Bell.

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On Becoming an African American Scholar Activist
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Introduction
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1 / 	Mapping the Rhetoric, Politics, and Poetics of Representation in the Contemporary African American Novel
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A Critique of Eurocentric, Afrocentric, and Americentric Cultural Theories, Critics, and Criticism
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A Postcolonial African Americentric, Neomasculinist Theory of Antiblack Racism and Internal Colonialism 
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An African Americentric Vernacular Theory of Culture and Identity
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Core Black American Culture
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The Vernacular Tradition and the Rhetoric, Dialectic, and Dialogic of the Contemporary African American Novel
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2 / 	The Roots of the Contemporary African American Novel
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Sociohistorical, Sociocultural, and Sociopsychological Landscape
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African Oral Narrative Roots
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African American Folk Roots
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Residually Oral Forms: Oratory, Myth, Legend, Tale, and Song
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Literary Sources and Branches
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Abolitionist Literature
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The King James Bible
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Popular Fiction
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3 / 	Mapping the Peaks and Valleys of the African American Novel (1853-1962)
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Early Historical Romance, Social Realism, and Beyond
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Antebellum and Civil War Novels (1853-1865)
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Postbellum, Reconstruction, and Post-Reconstruction Novels (1865-1902)
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The Pre-World War I Novels of the Old Guard (1902-1917)	
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Romance, Realism, and Naturalism
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Legacy of the Old Guard
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Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Search for New Modes of Narrative (1917-1936)
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Poetic Realism and Historical Romance
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Genteel Realism: Assimilationism, Nationalism, or Biculturalism
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Folk Romance: Primitivism, Pastoralism, and Ancestralism
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Folk Realism: Religion, Music, Humor, and Language
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Satiric Realism: The Vices and Follies of the Folk and Black Bourgeoisie
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Richard Wright and the Triumph of Naturalism (1936-1952) 
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Wright and the "Chicago School" of Sociology
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The Great Depression and the Communist Party
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The Federal Writers' Project
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The Triumph of Naturalism
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Continuity and Change in the Novels of the Forties
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Myth, Legend, and Ritual in the Novels of the Fifties (1952-1962)
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Beyond Naturalism
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Myth, Legend, and Ritual
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4 / 	Forms of Neorealism: Critical and Poetic Realism (1962-1983)
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The Black Power and Black Arts Movements
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The Women's Rights and Black Feminist Movements
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Literary Continuity and Change: Modernism and Neorealism
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Critical and Poetic Neorealism
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 Critical Realism
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JOHN OLIVER KILLENS (1916-1987)
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JOHN A[LFRED] WILLIAMS (1925-)
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ALICE [MALSENIOR] WALKER (1944-)
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GAYL [AMANDA] JONES (1949-)
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[MILTONA] TONI [MIRKIN] CADE BAMBARA (1939-1995)
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 Poetic Realism and the Gothic Fable
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[CHLOE ANTHONY] TONI [WOFFORD] MORRISON (1931-)
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Continuity in the Novel of the Sixties and Seventies
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5 / 	Modernism and Postmodernism (1962-1983)
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From Modernism and Structuralism to Poststructuralism and Postmodernism
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Fabulation, Legend, and Neoslave Narrative
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MARGARET [ABIGAIL] WALKER (1915-1998)
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ERNEST J[AMES] GAINES (1933-) 
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WILLIAM MELVIN KELLEY (1937-)
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RONALD L. FAIR (1932-)
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Fabulation, Romance, and Fantasy
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JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN (1941-)
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CLARENCE [LEE] MAJOR (1936-)
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Fabulation and Satire
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CHARLES STEVENSON WRIGHT (1932-)
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[GEORGE HAROLD] HAL BENNETT (1930-)
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ISHMAEL REED (1938-)
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 Change in the Novel of the Sixties and Seventies
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6 / 	Continuity and Change in Ethnic Tropes of Identity Formation (1983-2001)
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The Contemporary Black Aesthetic: Afrocentric and Diasporic Tropes of African American Identity and Community
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PAULE [VALENZA PAULINE BURKE] MARSHALL (1929-)
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ALBERT [LEE] MURRAY (1916-)
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GLORIA NAYLOR (1950-)
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AL[BERT JAMES] YOUNG (1939-)
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DAVID [HENRY] BRADLEY [JR.] (1950-)
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LEON [RICHARD] FORREST (1937-1997)
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7 / The New Black Aesthetic: Eurocentric Metafiction and African Americentric Tropes of Transcultural Identity and Community
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 CHARLES [RICHARD] JOHNSON (1948-)
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 NATHANIEL [ERNEST] MACKEY (1947-)
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 TREY ELLIS [WILLIAM ARTHUR ELLIS III] (1962-) 
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 PERCIVAL L[EONARD] EVERETT (1956-)
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 COLSON WHITEHEAD (1969-)
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8 /	Contemporary African American Paraliterature: Science/Speculative Fiction, Gay/Lesbian, and Detective/Mystery Novels and Romances
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Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Novels
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SAMUEL [RAY] DELANY [JR.] (1942-)
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OCTAVIA [ESTELLE] BUTLER (1947-)
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Gay/Lesbian Novels and Romances
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LARRY DUPLECHAN (1956-)
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E[VERETTE] LYNN HARRIS (1957-)
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Detective/Mystery Novels
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BARBARA NEELY (1941-)
WALTER [ELLIS] MOSLEY (1952-)
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Conclusion
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Notes
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Selected Bibliography
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Index
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Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

American fiction -- African American authors -- History and critcism.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and folklore -- United States.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans in literature.
African Americans -- Folklore.
Folklore in literature.